Helen Garner: "I would have given anything to be convinced he was innocent - and not because I 'believed in him', whatever that meant, but because, in spite of everything I had heard and observed and thought in this court, in spite of everything I knew about the ways of the world, it was completely unendurable to me that a man would murder his own children". Read more about Garner's new book, This House of Grief, in the Newcastle Herald online. Hear her talk at the NWF: The Book That Changed Me, on opening night, and The Lives of Others, on Saturday night.
'Just 10 days out from the third Newcastle Writers Festival, the event has received a significant state government grant. Festival director and Herald journalist Rosemarie Milsom received news about the $50,000 grant on Monday at the festival venue, Newcastle City Hall. ‘‘The festival has very quickly become a popular feature in the city’s cultural calendar and this grant enables us to immediately develop ideas for the 2016 program,’’ said Ms Milsom.'
Read the full article from the Newcastle Herald from Tuesday 10 March:
'AWARD-winning Australian author Helen Garner is among 130 writers set to inspire and challenge audiences at the third annual Newcastle Writers Festival. The full program for the 2015 event, which will run from March 20 to 22, was announced at the official launch at Newcastle Region Library on Friday 13 February.'
Read the full article from the Newcastle Herald from Saturday 14 February:
Read about the astonishing journey of our guest, surgeon Munjed Al Muderis, in a major article in the Sydney Morning Herald. Hear him talk at the NWF about The Treatment of Asylum Seekers: Australia’s Heart of Darkness?, and in conversation with Carol Duncan about his extraordinary journey fleeing Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime.
Dr Munjed Al Muderis - photo by Tim Bauer
We are delighted that The University of Newcastle is a major Festival Partner, and many of their graduates, staff and students will be taking part in NWF15, in events including two University of Newcastle Professors Talks, The World in a Glass of Hunter Wine, and the launch of Radical Newcastle (to be launched by UON Vice-Chancellor Caroline McMillen). Read more at the UON Engage site.
STRIKE AT NEWCASTLE TEACHERS COLLEGE IN 1951, COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE CULTURAL COLLECTIONS.
The Bad Mothers' Pledge: "We acknowledge we are all bad mothers. We don't organise play dates. We don't chop food into small pieces and carry it around in case someone gets the munchies. We can't find a lid to fit any container in the house. We don't soak, fold or iron. We vacuum the bath. We acknowledge we are all bad mothers but we are doing our bloody best."
Read more about Annemarie Fleming's new book The Collected Minutes of the Bad Mothers’ Meetings in the Newcastle Herald online, and come along to the discussion and book launch, Not Your Typical Mothers' Group.
ANNEMARIE FLEMING - PHOTO BY SIMONE DE PEAK
Since my last post, I attended the Newcastle Writers Festival from 4-6 April. Run entirely by volunteers, including Director Rosemarie Milson, the festival was exciting, inspiring well organised and hospitable, with excellent chairing and great venues.
Read the full story: http://angelasavage.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/newcastle-writers-festival-2014/Read More
WITH the current political debate "pretty boring" and church halls "abandoned", Wendy Harmer says there is something pretty special about writers festivals.Read More
Dr Nitschke said he was expecting an enthusiastic response to the Exit euthanasia workshop following his participation at the Newcastle Writers Festival being held at City Hall over the weekend.Read More
THE organiser of the city’s burgeoning writers festival may increase Newcastle-focused sessions next year after recognising a hunger for local content, authors and poets over the weekend.Read More
The Kids Program of the Newcastle Writers Festival finished on a high yesterday with the Family Festival Hub. Loads of families turned out to enjoy stories and art in and around Newcastle City Library. Local authors such as Leila Rudge, Deborah Kelly and Ted Prior entertained the crowds with readings.Read More
The second Newcastle Writers Festival has just wrapped up and it has been amazing! The organizers did a fabulous job and provided so much variety in content. As someone who used to travel to the Sydney Writers Festival in May each year, and I’ve even done the Brisbane and Melbourne ones a few times, it was so nice to have one in my home town.
Read the full article: http://lizziewilcock.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/newcastle-writers-festival-2/
For this very special Newcastle Writers Festival edition of Finally Friday Paul Bevan is joined by:
*Wendy Harmer, broadcaster, author, journalist and stage performer
*Kate Forsyth, writer, storyteller and novelist
*Dom Knight, 1233 Evening Presenter and writer
Last week I appeared on a panel at the Newcastle Writer’s Festival with Maria Takolander and Abbas El-Zein to talk about short stories. The panel was called ‘Nowhere to Hide’ and was hosted by Karen Crofts, who started off the panel with some great questions, before giving the bulk of the one hour session to the audience for question time.
Read the full story: http://short.reviewofaustralianfiction.com/Read More
Linda Drummond: Appearing at The Newcastle Writers Festival has written a guide to getting around Newcastle. Find out her top places to grab some food and get a coffee by reading her blog: pinkpatentmaryjanes.com
Lovers of literature hungry to tap into the hearts and minds of their favourite authors will be inspired by the diverse mix of writers attending the 2014 Newcastle Writers Festival.
The program for the event, to be held from April 4 to 6, was announced today at Newcastle Region Library.Read More
Hunter region children from preschool to primary school will be delighted by a dedicated Kids Program that forms an entertaining and educational prelude to the second annual Newcastle Writers Festival.Read More